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On Wednesday, a standing-room-only House of Delegates, representing schools & citywide educators across the city set a potential start date of Monday, September 10, 2012, for a strike of more than 26,000 teachers, clinicians and paraprofessionals.

On Wednesday, a standing-room-only House of Delegates, representing schools & citywide educators across the city set a potential start date of Monday, September 10, 2012, for a strike of more than 26,000 teachers, clinicians and paraprofessionals.

The resolution reads:

RESOLVED that the House of Delegates shall set a strike date of September 10, 2012.

The strike is necessary to achieve a labor contract with acceptable wages, benefits and job protections; and for all other purposes for which a strike is authorized under law. The strike is also necessary to protest unfair labor practices committed by CPS against our membership.

What brought CTU delegates to this point? Check out this video.

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)
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    Bob Love, augustin, Ozzie, Russgirl

    "Your conspiracy theories won't work without evidence." -Nasir Jones

    by Tristero 312 on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 06:50:48 AM PDT

  •  It sounds bad (0+ / 0-)

    ...

    Are you much involved in education policies?

  •  Rahm is being a pro-corporatist dick? (3+ / 0-)
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    gustynpip, Ozzie, Russgirl

    Color me shocked.  Nobody could have predicted....

    Hopefully the teacher's unions will hand him his ass, and teach him what Democratic politics is supposed to look like.

    For the love of money is the root of all evil; and while some have coveted after it, they have erred from the faith and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (1 Timothy 6:10)

    by Dallasdoc on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 07:07:13 AM PDT

    •  He's one nasty SOB, though. And arrogant to boot. (1+ / 0-)
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      Russgirl

      So I hope the teachers are expecting a long, drawn out and very nasty battle on their hands.  They need to be ready to have the gloves off and fight with no mercy.  Because that's what Rahm will be doing.

      Also hope they have a nice cushion in the strike fund.  I suspect teachers around the country will be (or at least should be) happy to help them out, because if Rahm wins this round, look out teachers around the country.  You will end up with pay and benefits comparable to Walmart employees soon.

      "If you trust you are not critical; if you are critical you do not trust" by our own Dauphin

      by gustynpip on Fri Aug 31, 2012 at 08:24:26 AM PDT

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  •  My Conspiracy Theory (0+ / 0-)

    When I ran as a parent rep for my local school committee last spring, I was the lone voice against a 7 1/2 hour school day. The fellow candidates all thought it was wonderful for a district that underserves their community. While the parents were all gracious in praising individual teachers, the Chicago Teachers Union was not seen as a positive. A lot of Chicago residents remember the union scandals over the past 10 years involving election fraud, expense accounts and Chicago style machine politics. Given the teacher scapegoating by the right and the current recession, a strike will completely turn the public against the "greedy" teachers union and allow Mayor Emanuel the opportunity to appear like a compassionate defender of children by giving in to the union's demands, then award him the political leverage to later proclaim a financial crisis a year or two later, making way for the courts to dissolve the teachers' contract  and give the Mayor all the work concessions and privatization of CPS he wants.

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